I am so excited to share this post with you! Actually, I was so excited to share the idea with Nicki (from Clear and Simple Stamps) and it just so happens that they've released a rag doll elf stamp set, so I'm thrilled to be able to partner with CSS one more time.
When I first received the rag doll dies, I immediately thought beyond plush dolls, all the way to Christmas crafting. I wanted to make my very own elf-on-the-shelf. Because let's face it, the *official* one is a bit creepy. My version is cuddly and soft and oh-so-cute.
My friend Deb and I (of Sprouting Jube Jube fame) crafted our matching dolls together. I highly recommend crafting with friends. The giggling and squealing over every bit of the dolls made it so worth the night out.
Using the dies, I made some alterations to the shape of the rag doll. Firstly, the doll's arms and legs are extra long. To do this, I ran the dies through the machine up to a point and then continued cutting them by hand to the desired length.
The doll's pointy ears were free-handed - aren't they so cute? And the hat and scarf were re-purposed from a pair of men's socks. You could see a bit of the heel of the sock, where I gathered it to attach my handmade pom-pom.
Deb did an amazing job of whipping up a pair of overalls for each of our dolls:
When the kids get their elf for the first time, at the beginning of December, they will receive a note, complete with Santa's seal of approval...
...and an introduction from the big man himself:
I hope you liked my handmade elf! I can't wait to see what mischief he gets into in December!
Oh he sure is super cute. What a fantastic idea.ReplyDelete
Completely adorable. LOVE it! The note from Santa is really cute too.ReplyDelete
Your elf is so cute. Any chance that you would share the altered pattern pieces? I already have the dies and would love to make a few.ReplyDelete
you could just use the dies as pattern pieces - cut the arms and legs out of computer paper and then just make them as long as you want them. My friend Deb didn't make her legs as long as I did :) And for the ears, I just cut a little elfy-ear without a pattern... just be warned: there's a thin line between elf-ear and spock-like-ear :) I hope that helps!Delete
I am going to give it a try, wish me luck!Delete
There he is!! Love the little guy so adorable!ReplyDelete
Oh my gumdrop goodness!!! Your elf on the shelf is the most adorable thing I've ever seen!!!!!!!! Squeal!!! Loooove the colors and textures and patterns of the fabrics! And of course the adorable note that goes with it it so sweet and cute!! Wow!!ReplyDelete
Oh, my goodness, gracious!!!! I want him! LOL! He is just awesome, Elena!!! Awesome!ReplyDelete
I don't know if I have ever left a comment here...but I love visiting here. I LOVE this idea. My kids are older so I have pushed away the idea of doing the Elf on Shelf thing for the Holidays but it seems like so much fun...you know, all the mischief that the Elf can get into and now I see your DYI Elf on the Shelf and that is just so awesome! I feel I just simply must do this. Your elf is supper cute! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.ReplyDelete
Ummm Elena this is simply amazing and oh so cool!ReplyDelete
He is totally adorable! I LOVE him and his outfit, especially his hat and scarf too cute!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, he is so cute! I really like his little outfit, too. You are so good!ReplyDelete
This is just too much fun and oh my goodness SO CUTE!!ReplyDelete
OMGoodness, Elena, your elf is so stinkin' cute!!!! What a fabulous creation!ReplyDelete
Love it! Elena, your styling is superb and Deb... damn cute overalls! I gotta make one now. Awesome idea!ReplyDelete
You are so right! This elf is way cuter than the "official" one.ReplyDelete
Uhm, would you please make me one to buy? He's darling! ;)ReplyDelete
He is so Adorable Elena!!! The overall details are perfect with his blushing cheeks :)ReplyDelete
just about the most adorable thing i've seen!ReplyDelete
Beautiful work as always Elena!ReplyDelete
Oh, this is just so fabulous! Your kids are going to love him!ReplyDelete
Wow, cet elf est vraiment super mignon et que dire de la carte assortie... Parfait ! :)ReplyDelete
this is the besets post EVER!! I love this so much :)))ReplyDelete
I love the elf on the shelf tradition. It's fun and sweet but I totally agree with you, he looks creepy. I'd never buy him, I don't like creepy dolls at all (brrrrr!).ReplyDelete
And now you come with this super CUTE elf on the shelf! It's adorable! I don't want one, I want 10! Hahaha
You're amazing girl! I love everything that you create!
I've never jumped on the elf bandwagon, but now that my kids are older, the mischievous things he can do will make them laugh. Are you selling your little elves? He is soooo much cuter than the original Elf on the Shelf! If so, please e-mail me at snodgrass91atmsndotcom.ReplyDelete
i emailed you! my friend Deb is indeed selling the dolls!Delete
Can you please email me her info too, I'm looking to purchase one also firstname.lastname@example.orgDelete
Can you please email me as well? I love this and would love to purchase one! Megan.Gillia@gmail.comReplyDelete
Would I be able to get info for the elf as well? I would love to get one if these. Email is email@example.comReplyDelete
I would love to order as well please. My email is firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I emailed everyone who has expressed interest in ordering a doll!Delete
I am interested in one as well! These are better than anything I've seen and just absolutely wonderful! Please let me know at email@example.com and thank YOU!Delete
I'm interested in this as well.. these are sooo much cuter than the original one. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Could you also include me on the email for doll purchase?ReplyDelete
I want to jump on the elf wagon too... email@example.comReplyDelete
I was inspired by this post and made my own! You can see him at http://redscreendoor.blogspot.com/2013/12/diy-elf-and-yoga-with-swans.html.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great idea!
Wow… I LOVE this 1000 times more than the "Elf's" that at Being sold at Stores!!ReplyDelete
So I'm finding you years after your original post! Are you or your friend stil making or willing to make?! In actually looking for a doll not an elf, so if willing to do a custom order, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete